Sea Salt & Chocolate Caramel Cups

I’m warning you now…you do not want to make these! You will curse me and this blog, and rue the day you saw this post. I know this because that’s exactly how I feel about Megan’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.

I saw her post last year and immediately whipped up a batch. And then another. And another. No one could stop eating them. Even worse…I couldn’t stop eating them! I’d call Megan and say, ‘Dang it, I just made another batch of your stupid peanut butter cups!’ The same conversation repeated itself again this week, except this time, I asked her, ‘Wonder what would happen if you replaced the peanut butter with caramel?! And then put sea salt on top?’

I’ll tell you what happens….clouds part and angels sing!

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

It’s so simple, even non-cooker-people like myself can make them.

{INGREDIENTS}
Chocolate Chips (spring for the good ones, not the waxy store-brand!)
Caramel squares or sauce (from the ice cream aisle) Or make your own if you’re so inclined. We might judge you for being too perfect though.
Sea Salt 
Cupcake liners
Melt half a bag of chips…I don’t own a double-broiler, so I improvise by placing a glass bowl over boiling water.

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

Lay out your liners….

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

Smooth a thin layer of melted chocolate on the bottom, and place in fridge to set.

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

Spoon a dollop of caramel, and spread it around a bit before allowing to set in the fridge.

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

Melt the rest of the chocolate, and follow with another thin layer of it.

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

And finish with a sprinkling of sea salt while the chocolate is still hot. I allow them to cool completely at room temperature. That’s not true, I usually eat 3 before they get a chance to set.

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

I challenge you not to moan inappropriately when biting in to one.

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

Keep the liners on if you package them as gifts. I found these cute striped buckets here, and hopefully I’ll get them packed up before eating them all!

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

If you are able to give them away, be prepared for friends to praise and curse you. I’d invite you over for one, but this batch is already gone, baby, gone. Are you able to make sweets without eating them all?

Excited to link this easy recipe up with Natasha and Heather for our last Christmas Cheer in the Blogosphere party! It’s been a fun two weeks seeing what goes on in your home during the holidays. Be sure to check back tomorrow for my favorites from the Craft Party!

Hi Sugarplum | Blogger Christmas Link Party

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27 Comments

  1. Let the cursing begin!

    Posted 12.18.13 Reply
  2. yummmm i want this now. at 7:45 am. judge away! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 12.18.13 Reply
  3. Ami wrote:

    Hey Cassie! What kind of chocolate chips did you use? And, did you use the caramel candies and melt them or caramel sauce? Sorry, but that caramel you used looks yummy…thank-you!

    Posted 12.18.13 Reply
    • Hi Ami — I used a combo of semi-sweet and milk choc chips…both from Ghiredelli. It's really just a preference thing. As for the caramel, I had a jar of caramel from a local shop, but any yummy kind will work! You just want it a bit firm so you can dollop it. Dolloping is important. 😉

      xoxo

      Posted 12.18.13 Reply
    • Ami wrote:

      Yes,indeed, dolloping is important! Especially when it comes to caramel. I'm glad you said Ghiradelli because that is my go to for chocolate chips. I was hoping those weren't the ones you considered inferior, tee hee. Now to find the right caramel. Thanks for getting back to me.

      Posted 12.18.13 Reply
  4. Meghan wrote:

    I'm ignoring your warning and making these ASAP!

    Posted 12.18.13 Reply
  5. Have mercy!! These look insane!! They are the perfect blend of everything I love in a sweet. You are definitely going on the naughty list for making these bad boys!! 😉

    Posted 12.18.13 Reply
  6. Michaela wrote:

    You and court are on the same page!! These are making my mouth water!

    Posted 12.18.13 Reply
  7. Sea Salt + Carmel — you're talking my language. I definitely need to make these.

    Posted 12.18.13 Reply
  8. I just might have to make these, they seem so simple and they look delicious! I make a couple visits with family members on Christmas day so this would be great to take with me. I love your blog and your fun personality! Thanks for sharing:)

    Posted 12.18.13 Reply
  9. Enter food baby.

    Posted 12.18.13 Reply
  10. Um. Yes. Please. Now.

    Posted 12.18.13 Reply
  11. Simply LKJ wrote:

    YUM!! Baby girl is home and loves to make/bake…gonna talk her into this one for sure!!! My butt thanks you in advance!!

    Posted 12.18.13 Reply
  12. Diet blown.

    (Oh, and I just read your comment blurb for the first time…BAHAHAHAHA!)

    Posted 12.18.13 Reply
  13. I thought to myself "I wonder what "HI Sugarplum" posted about today?" Dang it! I wish I hadn't checked!! I'm pretty sure I have caramel sauce in the fridge that needs to be used up! Curses to you Cassie! (shakes fist in the air) 😉

    Posted 12.18.13 Reply
  14. Oh my, what a delight! This delicious treat looks amazing! Thank you for sharing this with us.

    xo

    http://www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

    Posted 12.19.13 Reply
  15. Roeshel wrote:

    I seriously was just looking up salted carmel chocolate goody recipes about an hour ago! Then popped over to say hi and tada…an answer to my search without hunting for it! Thanks! 🙂

    Posted 12.19.13 Reply
  16. OH SWEET MERCY these look good.

    Posted 12.19.13 Reply
  17. oh dear. oh dear. i can feel the weight coming on!

    Posted 12.19.13 Reply
  18. I don't know whether to hug you or curse you, but these little gems will be in my tummy soon 🙂

    Posted 12.19.13 Reply
  19. Jodi wrote:

    These look incredible! I LOVE caramel!!!

    Posted 12.19.13 Reply
  20. Ange wrote:

    Thank you for sharing. How many chocolate cups does this make?

    Posted 12.21.13 Reply
  21. Ange wrote:

    I made these today in mini cupcake liners and they are quite good. My caramel sauce never firmed up and was very messy. Next time I will try using try using caramel squares and nuts.

    Posted 12.22.13 Reply
  22. Oh. my. goodness. I need to make these! Looks so delicious!

    Posted 12.23.13 Reply
  23. You're evil! I have a snow day from work and planned to make hard tack candy and butterfingers so I am going to also make these… I have made the pb cups they are so good

    Posted 1.6.14 Reply
  24. You're evil! I have a snow day from work and planned to make hard tack candy and butterfingers so I am going to also make these… I have made the pb cups they are so good

    Posted 1.6.14 Reply
  25. Jess wrote:

    I added a small pretzel OMG!!

    Posted 12.12.19 Reply